Annual Meeting Overview

Annual Meeting Overview

CPA hosted another successful Annual Meeting at Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas in late February, drawing a crowd of nearly 100 people.

The gathering was full of past attendees and several newbies. Eagle Flexible Packaging Marketing Manager Ashley Cothron noted that she was very impressed with both the event and the organization, mentioning that she “looks forward to upcoming opportunities and events.”

Daisy Jiang, Marketing and Communications Manager for Nulogy, was also a first-time attendee for the event. Jiang said there were many high-value features to the Annual Meeting, including the agenda and presentations, but noted that the CPA environment is what will keep her coming back. 

“I really got a sense of how intimate the co-pack community is and how welcoming everyone is. It’s a great chance to meet and reconnect with people!” 

Magician, entertainer and sales extraordinaire Charlie Del Rosso kicked off the Annual Meeting in a memorable way with his session “The Amazing Powers of the Mind: Using Memory and Intuition to Build Your Business.” Charlie’s humorous, thought-provoking and empowering presentation helped put conference goers in the “right frame of mind” to participate in the Networking Session, which was held immediately following the kick-off event.  

The conference agenda was filled with meetings, presentations and sessions from topics such as building business skills, to legal, labor and technology issues. Some of the highlights included presentations from Allegiance Staffing President Tom Landry, a Rapid Fire discussion on the risks and rewards of Big Data and panel presentations on market drivers and the supply chain. 

Four-time conference attendee Jorge Revelo, National Accounts Manager for Combined Technologies, Inc. said Saturday’s supply chain panel discussion was especially enlightening. 

"It really gave [attendees] a foresight into where the contract packaging world is heading. Every year, I am always able to hear new and relevant information [like this] that helps enhance by business,” Revelo said. 

The hosted networking dinners were once again a big hit and a great way to connect with contract packaging peers. This popular event was a perfect precursor to a great last day that started with CPA Business and ended with Breakfast of Champions, an open CPA panel discussion. This session is always one of the most anticipated events of the CPA Annual Meeting, featuring an informal discussion about the industry with various CPA representatives. 

The association has announced the next Annual Meeting will be Feb. 22 through 25 at the JW Marriott in San Antonio, Texas. More information about the event is forthcoming. To stay up to date, visit www.contractpackaging.org  or be sure to read the November/December issue of Contract Packaging Magazine.